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National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)

NBPTS is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization governed by a board of directors, the majority of whom are classroom teachers. Other members include school administrators, school board leaders, governors and state legislators, higher education officials, teacher union leaders and business and community leaders.

NBPTS Linking ImageThe National Board for Professional Standards Certification process, requiring intense self-reflection and analysis of one's own practice, is a forceful professional development experience. Having measured their practice against the highest and most rigorous standards for the profession, teachers say that their teaching is resultantly more focused, reflective, and confident. Teachers who achieve National Board Certification can apply for Rank 1 from the Education Professional Standards Board. Rank 1 is the highest rank in Kentucky and may allow for an increase in salary for teachers based on the local district pay scale that considers educational level and experience.

Offered on a voluntary basis and valid for 10 years, the advanced system of National Board for Professional Teaching Certification for Professional Teaching Standards complements, but does not replace, state licensing. Each state, school district, and school decides how best to capitalize on the National Board Certification process and the expertise of NBPTS as it designs instructional arrangements to promote student learning and support professional practice.

Information on Becoming a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT)

  • Introductory PowerPoint
  • NBPTS.org
  • KyEducator.org Courses
  • Take One! -a unique offering from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) that provides a standards-based approach for improving teaching practice and links student learning to effective instruction. Teachers prepare and submit one pre-selected video portfolio entry from any of the current certificate areas of National Board Certification.  A teacher can later transfer the score if he or she pursues National Board candidacy within two years. For those interested in Take One! contact:


Information for New Candidates

Temporary Suspension of Enrollments in the Teachers’ National Incentive Trust Fund
Due to budgetary limitations the EPSB is under a temporary suspension of all enrollments into the Teachers’ National Certification Incentive Trust Fund.  Should funding become available, staff will enroll the number of candidates into the trust fund commensurate with the amount allocated. Please contact Sherri Henley at the EPSB with further questions.

Contracts for mentoring services through the Candidate Support Providers will not be issued at this time due to budgetary limitations.  The priority use of the funds will be to enroll as many teachers as possible into the trust fund. The $200 teacher stipend per day for two (2) days has also been suspended for the current budget cycle. Additionally, substitute reimbursements will be suspended until further notice.

Welcome New National Board Candidates

Information on NBCT Renewal Requirements

NBPTS Assessment Process

Contact the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards at 1-800-22TEACH.

Kentucky Regulations & Statutes Related to National Board Certification

News & Data

*Temporary Suspension of Enrollments in the Teachers’ National Incentive Trust Fund
Due to budgetary limitations the EPSB is under a temporary suspension of all enrollments into the Teachers’ National Certification Incentive Trust Fund.  Should funding become available, staff will enroll the number of candidates into the trust fund commensurate with the amount allocated. Please contact Sherri Henley at the EPSB with further questions.

Contracts for mentoring services through the Candidate Support Providers will not be issued at this time due to budgetary limitations.  The priority use of the funds will be to enroll as many teachers as possible into the trust fund. The $200 teacher stipend per day for two (2) days has also been suspended for the current budget cycle. Additionally, substitute reimbursements will be suspended until further notice.

 

Contact the EPSB Regarding National Board

100 Airport Road, 3rd Floor
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
Phone: (502) 564-5834
Fax: (502) 564-9484
Toll Free: (888) 598-7667

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